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Imroving Minnesota’s Dual Enrollment Funding Systems – March 2023

This research conducted by the College in High School Alliance in partnership with the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership’s Dual Credit Working Group focused on funding logic, built-in disincentives, and limited access challenges.  Remedies look to legislative support and funding for pilot sites to test the legacy underwriting inhibitors and access issues.   the research report can be found HERE Minnesota has a rich and proud history of dual credit programing that needs to appreciate its current state, including systemic barriers that have […] Read More

Washington State legislature is looking to redress access and affordability challenges for some students

This is a piece written by Taija Perry Cook for Crosscut, and independent news entity with a focus on Seattle, WA and the Northwest region of the country.  The focus is on a couple of related legislative initiatives that address dual credit programing costs and access.  The case references were students aligned with Tacoma Community College;  these are a great complement to the legislative policy – where the student story is best understood.  the story can be found at Dual credit […] Read More

How Can Community Colleges Afford to Offer Dual Enrollment College Courses to High School Students at a Discount?

This is a report by Clive Belfield, Davis Jenkins and John Fink for the Community College Research Center (CCRC) that supports funding logic and strategic orientation to different cost and revenue structures.  The Working Paper CCRC February Report – Teacher College, Columbia University  breaks down three economic variables that determine affordability perspectives:  Economies of scale, Student Success, and Yield Surplus. The research includes several references that validate their report.  This is an easily digested report of how to pay for and structure […] Read More

A good opinion piece from James A. Peyser in the Boston Globe with a balanced approach to post secondary choices with a focus on access

There are Innovative college and career programs for high school students. The legislature needs to fund them.There is an interesting shift in perspective here, where post secondary options are often positioned as competing, this piece positions both technical education and four year college as viable, attractive options.  It also clearly demonstrates important positive student success outcomes and benefits that attend dual/concurrent credit programing.  It also weaves in a shift from advanced placement origins for early college experiences to incorporate equity […] Read More

A state to state synopsis of teacher shortages and important state and national resource and data references found here

this is an interesting piece by Caitlyn Shelton entitled, “State-by-state teacher shortages (and what they’re doing about it).  It provides a short description of the state’s awareness of shortages and some insight into initiatives or policy direction taken to remedy teacher shortages.  There are also several reference points for state and national data regarding shortages across the country.  Read More

Dual Credit Bill Advances to House Floor in W. VA.

“West Virginia’s Dept. of Education says in a fiscal note that for the 2020-2021school year, 7,873 high school students enrolled in 16,046 courses.”   Author, David Beard of the Dominion Post writes that the dual credit courses would lean toward STEM content areas and that the legislature is considering underwriting a four year pilot project paid for – possibly – from surplus. Read More

K-12 Teacher Shortages top the list of higher education leaders’ concerns

This article by Natalie Schwartz in the Higher Ed Dive Workforce development, K-12 teacher shortages includes teacher shortages as a key concern of higher education leaders…a referenced working paper in the article from Brown University quantified the K-12 shortage at “36,000 with an additional 163,000 roles filled by underqualified teachers.” Read More

Another good look at equity, access, and the impact of covid on dual credit course offerings

this article by Kelly Field in the Christian Science Monitor is a good review of both the increased popularity in dual credit and the challenges of making them accessible and affordable for all students.  read on at College while in high school: How dual credit is aiming for equity Read More

The College in High School Alliance provides a heads up on new IPEDS data collection on dual credit – including insight into community college enrollment impacts of dual credit students

Citing the Community College Research Center analysis of enrollments between 2019 and 2221 that uses new IPEDS data, we’re now able to see the impact of dual credit on post secondary institutions enrollment counts.  To see the link to the CCRC’s analysis, go to:  What happened to Community College Enrollment During the First Years of the Pandemic? It Depends on the Student’s Age Read More